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Baby Girl Card: Laundry Day

by Lesley Oman on 29 August, 2011

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Pink, pink, pink

Being the first Miss Oman in FOUR generations, when we arrived at Granny’s house last week little miss Pi’s room came complete with a selection of newly bought clothes: vests and onesies, tops and leggings, cardies and dresses. After having four boys I think Mum O is enjoying spending time in the pink aisles of the stores.

And today I have a pink, girly card to share. I bought this really cute stamp a little while ago, but its only recently I’ve been playing with it.

Cute, huh?

I sketched this out, err, about a milllllion years ago, but somehow it got left unloved for ages! I’m glad it finally made it in the end! Here it is —>

I made the grass by just using my normal scissors, but i kinda wish i had one of these.

and why didn’t anyone tell me about how awesome the Antique Linen distress ink is? It’s been on my shelf for months and its only now that i’ve discovered how lovely it looks on white cardstock, creating a subtle, soft, vintage look. Yummy! I buy my distress inks at Country View Crafts by the way – cheapest i’ve ever seen them, and FREE shipping too!



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A Bath to Remember Scrapbook Layout

by Lesley Oman on 25 May, 2011

Finally a scrapbook layout! I love making layouts, but the truth is that i am incredibly s-l-o-w at making them! ….and as a result it takes me about a week to complete them, stealing a few minutes here and there. SO every now and again I swing towards making cards and other crafty projects which are a bit quicker for me, that way i get some instant gratification.

But ever since Piper came along, every day that passes creates more memories that I want to capture, so hopefully this means that there’ll be layouts to share more frequently in the future, and who knows, maybe with practise I might even get faster at it!

I will always remember Piper’s first bath, not just because it’s one of the many typical milestones, but because it’s a funny story to tell.

Journaling reads: Granny & Granda Oman were here when we were giving you your first bath, as we had to wait until your cord fell off before we could give you a dip. Granny jumped at the chance of sharing one of your first experiences. So we all piled into the bathroom, Daddy was in charge of the bath, Mummy had the camera and Granny & Granda had towels at the ready. As the warm water covered your teeny, tiny body you seemed to love it. It was one of the first times when you were bright eyed and looking at everyone around you. After a good swoosh around, we took you out and Granny rushed forward with a towel. Daddy placed you on top and Granda patted you dry with another towel – the two of them fussing over you, determined not to let you get cold. All of a sudden there was a loud raspberry noise – all eyes turned to you, with mouths wide open in shock! A moment later we were al overcome with laughter. You had left a present in Granny’s towel! Daddy took the plunge, unwrapped you and dipped you back into the bath to clean you up whilst the rest of us hurried around to find more towels. I loved the fact that your first bath will always be so memorable!

Products used
Dcwv nana’s kids stack
Spellbinders nestabilities: circles
Quickutz dies: tabs
October afternoon Rub on
Chipboard- k&co, making memories
Sticky ribbon: do craft
Blue scallop ribbon: meiflower
Adhesive pearls : meiflower
Border sticker
We R Memory Keepers corner chomper
Buttons
Waxed cord
Bird stickers: paperchase
Brads
Flower sequins: meiflower
Alphabet stickers- making memories, doodlebug
Heidi swapp sheer (remember element)

Thanks for swinging by.

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My Favourite Flowers On A Card: Tulips!

by Lesley Oman on 21 February, 2011

Yes, my favourite flowers are tulips. I don’t know why, but they are just so pretty. I’ve got a lovely bunch of yellow beauties last week that are currently standing proud in my living room.

I was thrilled that last months Unity Kit of the Month had a lovely tulip stamp in it, and finally yesterday I got to play with it. I love the way it is encased in a beautiful oval design with a little butterfly – isn’t it sweet!?

Today’s card would be perfect for mums, grannies or mates, with bright colours combined with more subtle hues – a play on the bright red tulip flowers and the mix of greens in the flower stems.

In case you are wondering, I have coloured in the image using distress inks. Such an easy way to add a pop of life to a stamped image. If you want to see more on this, check out my video tutorial which shows you how to colour with distress inks.

Products Used

Unity stamp – tulips. Kit of the month Jan 2011
embossing ink
black embossing powder
distress inks: bundled sage, crushed olive, barn door, dusty concord, broken china, tumbled glass, mustard seed, dried marigold
nestabilities – labels 9, labels 4
Hero arts – friend definition stamp
ribbon – stampin up
cuttlebug
Quite Contrary paper pack – My Minds Eye
Red cardstock
glue dot strips
buttons
string

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I never realised how much fun it is to work with sticky back canvas! So many times I just reach for a piece of cardstock, but for some reason it popped into my mind to use the canvas for this note card. And I love it!!

Lots of people who use the canvas tear it, but I wasn’t feeling particularly strong so I just cut out a rectangle to use for the main design panel. Next I stamped a Hero Arts flower stamp onto the canvas using Archival ink. I knew I was going to colour in the image and so wanted to use a permanent ink, but I found the archival ink to be very faded – it could just be my ink pad, i know i have had it for quite some time. SO…to rescue the project, I stamped over the top using Black Soot distress ink. Because the stamp was a clear polymer stamp, i could stamp the image exactly over the first attempt, without the tell tale sign of a shadow. Before moving on to the colouring part, I heat set the image with a heat gun. This makes the ink set so it won’t bleed – an essential step for this technique!

I first thought of using markers, as I know Jennifer McGuire has used copic markers on canvas before with fantastic results, but as it seemed to be a day of bright ideas, I listened to my heart when it told me to pull out the ArtQuest Pearlescent paints!! Oh, aren’t they lush! I love the perfect shimmery feel it gives to the card, and seeing all those glimmery bits sit on top of the canvas reflecting the light is just way too cool!

The trick with using the paints was to remember not to paint all the way up to the line. The canvas is absorbent and as such you don’t need to bring the colour up to touch the image, but just stop slightly before – this way the canvas will do the rest itself.

After stamping the image and colouring it in, I decided to see if I could get a frayed edge just to give the whole thing a bit more texture. Using a piercing tool, I inserted the needle tip between the fibres at the edge and gently eased the last couple of fibres away. I found this was a super easy way to get a uniform look all the way around the canvas edge.

As the canvas is self adhesive, it was easy to mount unto some cardstock, and then all i had to do was create a base for the card. The feminine flowers and girly glitz made me reach for my flourish label die from spellbinders and a flourish stamp from Impression Obsession. And the ink….Mustard seed distress ink of course!

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope maybe you’ll try stamping on canvas soon too.

Products Used

Card – white, red
Sticky back canvas (Claudine Hellmuth)
Stamps – Hero arts
Distress ink – black soot, mustard seed
Impression Obsession 6 inch flourish stamp
labels nestabilities & oval nestabilites
Cuttlebug
Gems
Sharpie Markers (to colour the clear gems to coordinate with the colour scheme)
Yellow Brad
Grosgrain ribbon
ArtQuest Pearlescent paint (stargazer)
Glossy Accents (adhering gems)

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